their fractured territory called a country. now their leader is going to make a request for the united nations to grant palestine statehood. president mahmoud abbas is expected to submit a formal application for u.n. membership on friday to secretary-general ban ki-moon. he's then scheduled to make a speech before the general assembly to call for international support. israel expressed criticism of the move saying it could destroy past agreements made in middle east peace talks. u.s. president barack obama expressed opposition when he met with president abbas on wednesday in new york. he said the framework of mideast peace talks could collapse. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is focusing on the future. >> regardless of what happens tomorrow in the united nations, we remain focused on the day after. we will leave, know, no effort or stone unturned in our commitment to the achieving that. >> the u.s. is continuing its efforts to dissuade the palestinians from applying for u.n. membership. >>> people around the world are keeping their eyes on the sky in the coming hours. pieces of a u.s.